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10 of the best 5-star hotels in Ireland

Holidaymakers have spoken and, based on the ratings received in customer reviews, here are the very best five-star hotels in Ireland.

1. Rathaspeck Manor, County Wexford

Traveller rating: 9.7

The top-rated hotel in Ireland according to travellers is 300-year-old Rathaspeck Manor in Rathaspeck, County Wexford. Each of the huge rooms in this luxury hotel is individually designed and furnished, and the manor is surrounded by huge grounds – it even has an 18-hole golf course. The hotel is well placed for local attractions such as the Irish National Heritage Park, and there’s a direct bus to the manor from Dublin airport.

What the reviewers say: “Magnificent Manor House. Great facilities. Lovely grounds.”

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2. The Killarney Park Hotel, Killarney

Traveller rating: 9.5

The Killarney Park Hotel is in a fantastic location right in the heart of Killarney town, but you wouldn’t know it – the acres of parkland surrounding the building give it a country feel. This five-star hotel boasts a spa with eight private treatment rooms and a caldarium (a hot plunge pool), as well as a swimming pool, sauna, steam room and outdoor hot tub. Meanwhile, the award-winning Park Restaurant features a walk-in wine cellar and locally sourced food, as well as offering sumptuous afternoon teas.

What the reviewers say: “Relaxed surroundings. Perfectly located in the city. Great location.”

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3. The Europe Hotel & Resort, County Kerry

Traveller rating: 9.4

This snazzy modern building on the shore of the Lakes of Killarney boasts a luxury spa with 16 treatment rooms and two beauty suites. There’s also a thermal suite, outdoor vitality pool, swimming pool, steam room, sauna and salt water pool, along with a huge range of treatment options, from pedicures to hot stone massages. And the hotel has not one but three restaurants, with the Panorama Restaurant providing stunning views of the lakes and the mountains beyond.

What the reviewers say: “Hot tub sensational. Fabulous thermal suite. Spa area was exceptional.”

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4. The Merrion Hotel, Dublin

Traveller rating: 9.4

Right in the heart of Dublin, The Merrion Hotel is formed of four converted Georgian townhouses, and the opulent interior is bedecked with chandeliers, oil paintings and elaborate ceilings. The Patrick Guilbard restaurant is the only one in Ireland to hold two Michelin stars. There’s also an intimate cocktail bar called No. 23, in addition to The Cellar Bar and a second restaurant offering modern Irish cuisine, The Garden Room. Meanwhile, the Tethra Spa features a stunning 18-metre infinity pool, complete with columns and paintings.

What the reviewers say: “Excellent romantic hotel. Close to Dublin City. Awesome rooms and service in a great location. Great pool. Awesome vibe.”

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5. Hayfield Manor, Cork

Traveller rating: 9.3

Located near University College Cork in the centre of the city, Hayfield Manor was opened as a hotel in 1996 after the current owners, the Scally family, purchased the estate from a well-known family of Cork merchants. Two acres of gardens surround the manor, giving it a country feel, and afternoon tea is served overlooking the greenery while live piano music tinkles in the background. And of course, there are all the spa facilities you’d expect of a five-star stay.

What the reviewers say: “Excellent wellness hotel. Close to Cork City. Great location.”

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6. Sheen Falls Lodge, County Kerry

Traveller rating: 9.3

This country house hotel has a range of huge, well-appointed rooms, many of which provide views of Kenmare Bay or the beautiful Sheen Waterfalls. In addition, there are a range of villas away from the main building – cosy thatched cottages that make an ideal place to stay with friends or family. The Easanna Spa has an indoor heated pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna, and offers beauty treatments including seaweed body wraps, facials and Swedish massages.

What the reviewers say: “Stunning scenery. Excellent restaurants. Great environment.”

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7. The Shelbourne Dublin, Dublin

Traveller rating: 9.2

The nearly 200-year-old Shelbourne Hotel has a rich history – for example, in 1922 the Irish constitution was drafted within its walls at a meeting chaired by Michael Collins, and one of two original copies of the document hangs in the Constitution Suite. The hotel is famous for the steaks and seafood of its opulent Saddle Room restaurant, which also features an oyster bar and private dining rooms. With 265 rooms, The Shelbourne is the largest five-star hotel in Dublin, and its central location on St. Stephen’s Green puts the hotel within easy walking distance of landmarks such as Trinity College and the National Gallery.

What the reviewers say: “Fabulous afternoon tea. Restaurant food excellent. Amazing cuisine.”

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8. The Marker Hotel, Dublin

Traveller rating: 9.2

Finished in 2013, The Marker is Dublin’s newest five-star hotel, and its distinctive checkerboard exterior is easy to spot rising from the water in the city’s docklands. The hotel’s highlight is its rooftop bar and terrace, which provides fantastic open-air views of Dublin – and you can even sign up for a rooftop yoga session. Speaking of wellness, the spa has a 23-metre infinity pool, entombed within minimalist, charcoal-coloured surrounds – and indeed the design is ultra-modern throughout, all clean lines and dramatic splashes of colour.

What the reviewers say: “Amazing atmosphere. Perfect lobby area. Beautifully designed rooms.”

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9. Powerscourt Hotel, County Wicklow

Traveller rating: 9.2

Just 30 minutes’ drive from Dublin city centre, Powerscourt Hotel is a world away from the urban hubbub of Ireland’s capital. Set against the backdrop of the Wicklow Mountains National Park, the hotel looks onto 47 acres of landscaped gardens, which National Geographic recently put at number 3 in a list of the world’s top 10 gardens. There’s a huge range of outdoor activities to partake in nearby the hotel, including golf, fishing, hiking, horse riding and 4×4 off-roading, and the luxurious spa has a massive range of treatments, from salt scrubs to mindful massage.

What the reviewers say: “Excellent golf hotel. Good for sightseeing and close to the city centre. Great rooms and fantastic service.”

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10. Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa, Killarney

Traveller rating: 9.2

Aghadoe Heights underwent an €8 million extension and renovation in 1999-2003, completely transforming the hotel. The terrace provides breathtaking views of Lough Leane and Killarney National Park, which features Ireland’s highest mountain, Corran Tuathail, at 1,038 metres, while back inside, the spa is equipped with a thermal suite and multi-sensory showers to ease away the aches of a tough hike. And if you splash out on the penthouse, you’ll have your own private lift and jacuzzi, a bespoke dining area, two bedrooms, a kitchen, a study and a wraparound rooftop terrace.

What the reviewers say: “Breakfast and evening meals were perfect. Breakfast in bed each morning which was delightful.”

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Published August 2018. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.

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